The document below lays out South Brent Primary School's approach to the teaching of reading.
Accelerated Reader at South Brent Primary School
Once children are confident in their application of phonics, they move on to use the Accelerated Reader programme.
What is Accelerated Reader?
Accelerated Reader is a computer program that helps teachers manage and monitor children's independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at their own level and reads it at their own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) Accelerated Reader gives both children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child se targets and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using Accelerated Reader choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
Teachers in our school use the results of Star Reading Tests to establish which Accelerated Reader level children should start at. Children will be given a range within within which to read, for example 3.4 to 3.9. They should find that books at the lower end of the band are easier for them to read than tose at the top which will give your child more of a challenge.
According to research, children who read at least 20 minutes a day with a 90% comprehension rate on Accelerated Reader quizzes see the greatest gains. therefore, we endeavour to enable your child to have at least 20 minutes set aside for independent reading during each school day.
If you have any further questions about Accelerated Reader, please contact your child's teacher.
To find out which books have quizzes, you can visit Accelerated Reader Bookfinder at www.arbookfind.co.uk